2024’s Tovani Mizell is a rising star in the football hotbed of South Florida | Youth1

2024’s Tovani Mizell is a rising star in the football hotbed of South Florida

Tovani Mizell is one of the best players from the Miami, FL metro area in the Class of 2024. 


The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Mizell, who attends Stranahan High School, is a dynamic player that works as a running back and linebacker. 



Mizell has earned plenty of recognition during his career, such as:


FBU Freshman All-American

Early Selection to The Sow

2019 FIFC High School All-Conference as an 8th grader on varsity 

No. 2 ranked 2024 prospect by College Football Today 

No. 4 Ranked Elite101 2024 Prospect by Youth1 

Youth1 Top 450 Freshman class member

The Crib South Florida Top Prospects List selection

Mizell is humbled by the accolades. 

“It means a lot for me to have recognition,” Mizell said. “It's always good to showcase my talent playing against a high level of competition.”

Ridges Jr. has attended camps for Under Armor, Rivals, Prime Elite, FBU Top Gun and The Show. 

No matter the opponent, every game Mizell is determined to give it his all. 


Mizell is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Mizell steps between the lines.


“As a running back I want to score to help my team win,” Mizell said. “Then, as a linebacker I want to make big plays and cause havoc.”


Mizell has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Mizell tells why he enjoys the game of football so much. 


“I love making big plays on offense and defense,” Mizell said. 


Mizell has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life. 


“Accountability is key. Hold yourself to a standard and stick to it,” Mizell said. “I feel that it will take me a long way in life.”


Mizell shares his favorite memory of playing football.


“My favorite game is still the last game that I played with my brother before I had to move up in age groups,” Mizell said. “I scored 4 touchdowns and the last one was to tie the game up with seconds left on the clock.”

Mizell takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Mizell makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I set the standard and lead by example. I like to encourage my teammates and help them in any way that I can,” Mizell said. “The best advice I give is ‘Keep your head up. The game is not over.’”


Mizell is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“My coaches preach about accountability,” Mizell said. “My linebackers coach told me to split the offensive lineman in half so that he can't block me. On offense, my running backs coach tells me to press the A gap and read the hole.”


Mizell patterns his mentality after these legends and a standout on the Tennessee Titans.  

“I look up to Bo Jackson at running back. On defense I like Ray Lewis,” Mizell said. “I like players that have size and speed like me. So I try to pick up pointers that I can add to my game. Derrick Henry is my current favorite running back.”

Mizell lists math as his favorite subject in school. 


“I enjoy solving problems,” Mizell said. 


Mizell explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“My top interests are Alabama, Clemson, FSU, Ohio State, Penn State, FAU, UAB, Syracuse, Stanford, Oregon, Georgia, Florida Gators, and FIU,” Mizell said. 


Mizell is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“My goal in high school is to earn a scholarship and play at the next level,” Mizell said. 


Mizell describes what he believes separates himself from the pack. 

“My skill, size, speed, quickness, agility, work ethic and football IQ sets me apart from other athletes,” Mizell said.


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